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Recurrence Rate in Siblings (August 2011)

On August 15th, the BSRC published a paper in Pediatrics which reexamined the recurrence rate of autism in high risk families. It found that in families with one or more children on the autism spectrum, the chances that a baby sibling will develop autism are around 1 in 5, more than double previous estimates of 1 in 10 to 1 in 30. The rate was much higher among younger brothers (1 in 4) than among younger sisters (1 in 9).

Preliminary results of studies conducted during the first year of life of children later diagnosed with autism indicate that these children show some behavioral abnormalities which may serve as early markers. They include poor eye contact, impairments in visual tracking to an object, atypical responsiveness to name, less social smiling and delayed expressive and receptive language. Please note that these are early markers and not diagnostic criteria.
An Innovative New Tool to Help Parents Learn the Early Signs of Autism

Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, togethe

September 05, 2006

(NEW YORK, NY – September 5, 2006) – Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University today announced they would collaborate to build a web-based video glossary to help parents learn more about the early warning signs of autism.

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